Category: literature

Pine by Francine Toon

They are driving home from the search party when they see her. The trees are coarse and tall in the winter light, standing like men. Lauren and her father Niall live alone in the Highlands, in a small village surrounded by pine forest. When a woman stumbles out onto the road one Halloween night, Niall drives her back to their house in his pickup. … Read More Pine by Francine Toon

#BookSpotlight Bell Hammers: The True Folk Tale of Little Egypt by Lancelot Schaubert

Lancelot Schaubert’s highly anticipated debut novel Bell Hammers: The True Folk Tale of Little Egypt is published on 12th October 2020. It looks hilarious. Link to buy at the bottom of the post. #BookSpotlight #BellHammers Click here to visit Lancelot’s website Remmy grows up with Beth in Bellhammer, Illinois, as oil and coal companies rob the land of everything that made it paradise. Under … Read More #BookSpotlight Bell Hammers: The True Folk Tale of Little Egypt by Lancelot Schaubert

Betrayal by Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Úrsula has returned to Iceland. Unable to settle, she accepts a high-profile government role in which she hopes to make a difference again. #betrayal @lilja1972 @OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTours @annecater @RandomTTours #IcelandNoir But on her first day in the post, Úrsula promises to help a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped … Read More Betrayal by Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

Cat lives in Los Angeles, about as far away as she can get from her estranged twin sister El and No. 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing Gothic house in Edinburgh where they grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the … Read More Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn

One of Norway’s most distinguished voices, Agnes Ravatn’s first novel to be published in the UK was The Bird Tribunal. It won an English PEN Translation Award, was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award and the Petrona Award, and was adapted for a BBC Book at Bedtime. She returns now with a dark, powerful and deeply disturbing psychological thriller about family, secrets and dangerous … Read More The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn

Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi

A thrilling, wildly inventive nesting doll of a mystery, in which a young editor travels to a remote village in the Mediterranean in the hopes of convincing a reclusive writer to republish his collection of detective stories, only to realize that there are greater mysteries beyond the pages of books. There are rules for murder mysteries. There must be a victim. A suspect. A … Read More Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi

The Watcher by Kate Medina

If you see him it’s already too late… Some secrets can’t be hidden. The Fullers are the picture-perfect family, a wealthy couple with a grand home in the middle of remote woodland. But even they have something to hide – and it will prove fatal. Some crimes can’t be forgotten. Psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn and DI Marilyn Simmons arrive at the Fuller’s home to … Read More The Watcher by Kate Medina

Vintage Crime by Martin Edwards (Editor)

Vintage Crimes is a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members’ work over the years. The book gathers stories from the mid-1950s until the twenty-first century by great names of the past, great names of the present together with a few hidden treasures by less familiar writers. The first CWA anthology, Butcher’s Dozen, appeared in 1956, and was co-edited by Julian Symons, Michael Gilbert, … Read More Vintage Crime by Martin Edwards (Editor)

Her Last Words by Kim Kelly

Thisbe Chisholm wants to be a writer. It’s 2007, a time of digital revolution and skyrocketing property prices, but she’s an old-fashioned girl. She doesn’t even own a mobile phone. She has no stars-in-her-eyes desire for fame, to see her name on the cover of a book, either. She longs only to tell of the stories written on her heart. While her best friends, … Read More Her Last Words by Kim Kelly

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

“The differences between them – all those things she’d once found so infuriating – she now accepted. Being Enid’s friend meant there were always going to be surprises. However close they were it didn’t entitle her to Enid’s memories and neither did it allow her to be part of Enid’s life before they met. Being a friend meant accepting those unknowable things. It was … Read More Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

The Truants by Kate Weinberg

#TheTruants @kateweinberg @BloomsburyBooks Jess Walker, middle child of a middle-class family, has perfected the art of vanishing in plain sight. But when she arrives at a concrete university campus under flat, grey, East Anglian skies, her world flares with colour. Drawn into a tightly-knit group of rule breakers – led by their maverick teacher, Lorna Clay – Jess begins to experiment with a new … Read More The Truants by Kate Weinberg

Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar

‘Trusting you was my first mistake.’ To Katherine, twenty-four-year-old Lily Lunt is a typical ‘snowflake’. Soft, entitled, unflaggingly earnest, the privileged, politically correct millennial will do whatever she can to make it big as a writer, including leveraging her family’s connections. She’s got it easy. To Lily, Katherine Ross, a career woman in her early forties, is a holdover from another era: clueless, old-fashioned, … Read More Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar